4 January 2013

Liberia: Hydro Capacity Will Increase to 84mw

Photo: Boakai M.Fofana/allAfrica.com
A damaged power plant of the Liberian Electricity Corporation.

Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek M. Piah has disclosed that the hydro capacity would be increased from its pre-war 64 mega watt to 84 mega watt.

He said the increase in mega watts would allow the hydro to supply electricity to more people and institutions.

Mr. Piah made the disclosure Monday when he appeared on Truth FM's live phone-in talk show.

He said government attaches importance to the country's energy sector and prepared to do all it can to improve the sector. He assured that the hydro rehabilitation process would be completed in 2015.

The Presidential Press Secretary said while the hydro rehabilitation process is ongoing, efforts are underway to strengthen the capacity of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

He disclosed that the Governments of Liberia and Japan along with the World Bank are collaborating to replace the current high speed generators with HL4 machines.

Also commenting on the energy sector, Information Minister Lewis Brown said government has budgeted US$45 million for the next three years as its contribution toward the rehabilitation of the hydro.

Minister Brown said government is committed to improve the country's energy sector because it is vital to the reconstruction process of Liberia.

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